Fall 2011 Awards and Recognition

Oct. 27,  2011

The Center for Ethics offers its warm congratulations to Abdullahi An-Naim who is receiving the James Weldon Johnson Medal for his achievements in civil and human rights.  We are proud to have Abduh as a Fellow of the Center, and applaud his work, including his important work on women and land rights in Africa and his general contributions to the field of Islam and human rights.

John Banja was appointed to a 3 year term with the Board of Governors of the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery. He was also invited to serve as a junior co-chair of the program committee of the 2012 conference of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities.  The next year, he will be one of the co-chairs for the 2013 ASBH meeting which will be here in Atlanta.

Elizabeth M. Bounds, associate professor of Christian ethics at Candler School of Theology and senior faculty fellow at the Center for Ethics, received a 2011 Unitas Distinguished Alumna Award from Union Theological Seminary for her work in restorative justice, particularly teaching incarcerated women. The award recognizes alumni who have distinguished themselves in the church, academy, and society. Along with Rev. Susan Bishop, a Candler alumna who serves as a prison chaplain, Bounds developed the Certificate for Theological Studies for inmates. Atlanta Theological Association, a consortium of four Atlanta seminaries, administers the program, which allows students to teach theology classes at Metro State Prison in Atlanta. Bounds, who joined Candler in 1997, received her M.Div. and Ph.D degrees from Union Theological Seminary. Read the complete story here.

Jonathan Crane was invited to speak at the ninth annual Doha International Center for Interfaith Dialogue Conference. The conference will took place October 24-26, 2011 in Doha, Qatar.  At the organizer’s request, Dr. Crane will present a paper on the bioethical implications of the two dramatically different creation stories in Genesis 1 & 2.

The 2010-2011 Matthew Lee Girvin Award was presented to Melissa Creary, '04 MPH. Melissa is currently pursuing her doctoral degree at Emory where she is investigating the political and cultural histories of sickle cell disease in the U.S. and Brazil and their impact on governmental intervention.  She retains her roles at the CDC and in the non-profit community.

The Board of Education of the Atlanta Public Schools has designated the Center for Ethics as one of seven Atlanta area institutions who have been asked to nominate a member to the Ethics Commission to investigate complaints of conflict of interest or ethics  (please see attached resolution of the Atlanta Board of Education).  The Center for Ethics nominee has been accepted, and the Board has appointed to that post Rebecca Pentz, a faculty member of the Center for Ethics,Professor of Hematology and Oncology of the Emory School of Medicine, and the Ethicist of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute.  The other appointing bodies who have so far successfully nominated a candidate are the Atlanta Bar Association, the Atlanta Council of PTAs, the Institute of Internal Auditors – Atlanta Chapter, Georgia School Boards Association,  and the Gate City Bar Association.

Paul Root Wolpe won the prestigious World Technology Award in Ethics, that was presented by the World Technology Network (WTN) at the United Nations. Wolpe joins a roster of organizations and individuals from more than 60 countries around the world deemed to be doing the most innovative and impactful work in the ethics of technology as well as other technology categories.

The Atlantic Magazine also named Paul Root Wolpe as One of the Brave Thinkers 2011

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